[Editor’s Note: Debbie Viess is an Amanita expert from northern California]
Acute Toxicity of Phalloidins: Amatoxin’s Silent Partner
Debbie Viess “amanitarita”
Most of us know about amatoxins and deadly amanita poisonings: a terrible way to die and not much fun even if you survive, but you have to actually EAT phalloides to be poisoned by amatoxins. What most people don’t know is that the deadly amanitas also contain an even more potent and deadly toxin: phalloidin. Continue reading
On Saturday, May 17th our Wildflower Week walk in Inwood Hill Park had a nice big group of the myco-curious. The weather was perfect, lots of mushrooms (see below) to introduce the gathering. See Gary Lincoff’s photos here.
INWOOD HILL PARK / May 17, 2014
ASCOMYCETES Morchella diminutiva Xylariaceae spp. (undetermined)
JELLY FUNGI Exdia recisa
CRUST and PARCHMENT FUNGI Botryobasidium aureum Peniophora albobadia Stereum complicatum Stereum hirsutum
POLYPORES Cerrena unicolor Ganoderma applanatum Polyporus craterellus Polyporus squamosus Pycnoporus cinnabarinus Trametes hirsuta Trametes versicolor Trichaptum biforme
GILLED MUSHROOMS Agaricus bitorquis Coprinus sp. (tiny) Coprinus sp. (large) (not micaceus) Crepidotus crocophyllus Entoloma sp. Gymnopus sp. Mycena spp. Phylotopsis nidulans Psathyrella sp.
A well-written article sourced from the New Jersey Poison Control Center can be read here.
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For those of you whom are familiar with NAMA and NEMF Forays, you have probably had the good fortune to meet Dr. Rod Tulloss, the Amanita expert from New Jersey.
He is seeking the help of mushroom seekers in obtaining well collected and documented collections of Amanita citrina and Amanita citrina f. lavendula (a lavender tinted A. citrina). The season for this autumn mushroom is upon us.
A highly detailed body of instructions follows. Continue reading